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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The goal is to help producers….

Indian expert placates Pak agri sector’s fears

November 30, 2013 By Kashif Hussain KARACHI: Pakistan’s agriculture exports to India have jumped by 133% in the last five years, much higher than the 68% growth in India’s agriculture exports to Pakistan in the same period showing that India can be a significant future market for Pakistani agriculture products, Indian experts say. “This data reveals that the fears of Pakistan’s agriculture lobby against liberalised trade with India are quite baseless,” said Nisha Teneja, an economic…

Trade ministers say running against time to save global WTO talks

WTO countries have until the end of July to revive moribund global free trade talks in time for a meeting scheduled for December in Bali, top trade officials and ministers said on Thursday, and warned of long-term damage if they fail. Hopes among diplomats at the World Trade Organization about reaching a deal at the Indonesian resort have been fading. Ministers of the main trading powers meeting in Paris said that real progress on technical issues holding up the talks would have to be…

Mango Export from Pakistan and WTO Regime on Food & Agriculture

Dr. Syed Wajid H. Pirzada The diversified natural   resources and eco- systems, Pakistan is endowed with, gives Pakistan a comparative advantage in agro-livestock &fisheries sectors, over her competitors in this area. The agro-diversity best places the country to produce diversified goods in general and agro-livestock & fisheries products in particular; which can cater to diverse market niches and satisfy the demand and aesthetic tastes of consumers, in the global trade…

Indonesia scraps horticultural import quotas to avoid US spat

JAKARTA: Indonesia will scrap import quantity limits on horticultural products, the trade ministry said on Friday, as it looks to head off a World Trade Organisation trade spat with the United States. The United States said in March it had asked the WTO to strike down import restrictions imposed by Indonesia on horticultural and animal products.  The request for a dispute settlement panel was the next step in a case the United States first raised in January, and came after talks in…

Call for protecting plant breeders’ rights: IPO of Pakistan and WTO

December 12, 2012 Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) of Pakistan and WTO wing of Punjab Agriculture Department will collaborate to protect 'Plant Breeders' rights and farmers rights as well as protection of geographical indications and use of geographical indications as economic tools to bring investment in agriculture sector. This was disclosed in a meeting chaired by Azmat Ali Ranjah, Secretary Agriculture, Punjab on Tuesday. The secretary agriculture underlined the role of IPO in…

MFN status to India: Agriculture sector’s reservations need to be addressed

December 07, 2012 GHULAM ABBAS Though the Ministry of Commerce and other concerned authorities claim that the decision of granting MFN status to India has been made with due deliberations and after holding meetings with all concerned sectors, the reservations of agriculture sector especially growers over the trade normalisation process remain unaddressed. According to sources, the growers are scared about the tariff structure and non-tariff barriers as technical hindrance to compete the…

Drought Is Added to Fedorov’s Tasks as Russia Joins WTO

By Marina Sysoyeva August 03, 2012: Nikolai Fedorov learned as a boy selling radishes in a street market in the former Soviet Union that when rivals showed up he had to cut prices. Now as Russia’s agriculture minister he has to instill competition in the nation’s 17.8 million farmers while weaning them off subsidies. Russia will join the Geneva-based World Trade Organization this month after almost two decades of negotiations. Appointed minister in May after 16 years as president of the…

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